Photo Friday: Sand Volleyball Court in Washington DC

by Chris on July 13, 2012

This week’s Photo Friday looks at sand volleyball players in Washington DC and reflects upon summer weather patterns in the US.

This is the latest in a series of  travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter.

Sand volleyball court on the Mall in Washington DC

This week’s Photo Friday theme is SUMMER. The picture above was shot in Washington DC, as you can tell by the Washington Monument in the background. We spent two full summers in the DC-area, living in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Virginia summers are extremely hot and humid, almost the opposite of where we live now. But as you can see, the heat didn’t stop the action on the courts.

Quick digression: I’ve now lived in 10 states. So my summer weather has ranged from sticky and unbearable (Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas) to stormy (Minnesota) to over 100 degrees (Arizona). People in the Pacific Northwest often complain about how summer doesn’t really begin until July 5.

(Which in many ways is true: We almost built a fire at our house after coming back from watching fireworks. It was that chilly. As I’ve told friends here, I now understand why having a hoodie isn’t an affectation. It’s a genuine response to weather that changes constantly, no matter what month it is).

Even though we still have mornings where Puget Sound is shrouded in fog and evenings where you cover up with a blanket from the chill, I wouldn’t swap our cool summers for the heat that I see elsewhere. Sure, it might be nice to wear shorts and swim in a pool. But that’s why I go to Florida in the winter! I’m quickly going to become one of those people, quite common here, who can only exist within a 30 degree band.

Bonus: No mosquitoes.

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Laura @Travelocafe July 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Great shot, full of movement. It simply froze the right moment for eternity. 🙂

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Samuel @ Backpacking Travel Blog July 16, 2012 at 1:25 am

Great action shot here! Summer is my favourite time of year 🙂

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